Books and Writing
My Debut Collection of Short Stories
Home of the Floating Lily, my debut collection, was published in June, 2021, by Dundurn Press. In 2022, it was named a runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first collection of short stories.
Set in both Canada and Bangladesh, the eight stories in this collection follow the lives of everyday people as they navigate the complexities of migration, displacement, love, friendship, and familial conflict. A young woman moves to Toronto after getting married but soon discovers her husband is not who she believes him to be. A mother reconciles her heartbreak when her sons defy her expectations and choose their own paths in life. A lonely international student returns to Bangladesh and forms an unexpected bond with her domestic helper. A working-class woman, caught between her love for Bangladesh and her determination to raise her daughter in Canada, makes a life-altering decision after a dark secret from the past is revealed.
In each of the stories, characters embark on difficult journeys in search of love, dignity, and a sense of belonging.